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What Is SCM?

by Administrator26. August 2015 15:23

What Is SCM | The Dependable Companies

 

Supply chain management (SCM) is the process of overseeing the flow of both goods and services. Depending on the business, SCM can include the movement and storage of raw materials, in-process inventory and finished goods. There are five main factors that make up SCM.

Plan

The first thing your business has to do to implement SCM is come up with a plan. The strategy made has to take in account customer demand, possible risks along the supply chain route, efficiency and how to deliver high quality to customers.

Develop

The development part of the process is where your business makes strong relationships with suppliers. It also entails identifying reliable methods for shipping and payment. This part of the process may include some trial and error until you come up with the most cost effective solution.

Make

During this phase, the product is actually manufactured, tested, packaged and scheduled for delivery. It is a part of SCM because supply chain managers have to take into account the time necessary for all of these activities.

Deliver

Another step in the process is the delivery of the goods. This step is commonly referred to as logistics. The business has to figure out the best way to get their products to their customers in a reliable way.

Return

The final step is only necessary if the product was not to the customer’s satisfaction. This step is the returning of a defective product.

SCM

These are the five main parts of supply chain management, however the steps is not everything. Part of SCM is also making sure that each of these steps is as efficient as possible. There are third-party logistics companies that can help your business achieve the best supply chain management possible. A good supply chain means that your customers will receive high quality products in a timely fashion. You need to have good SCM in order to run a successful business. If you feel that you need some help with your business’s SCM, try talking to a third-party logistics business today.

 

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Mistakes to Avoid in Logistics for Small Businesses

by Administrator26. August 2015 15:11

Mistakes to Avoid in Logistics for Small Businesses | The Dependable Companies

 

Statistically, the odds are against the success of small business owners. Most companies are expected to fail within the first few years. However, if you are aware of and prepare for the common pitfalls and mistakes that most small businesses circum to, you can help to fortify your company and provide a greater chance for success.

Guess Less

Though you may have the best intentions at heart and could be right, guessing on logistical costs could be a very costly mistake. Even for last minute production, getting exact pricing is a crucial investment. 

Automate

Many companies do not automate all of the processes that they can, which leaves room for inefficiencies and increases production costs. A proper logistics company or manager can help to implement proper processes that fit the needs and function of your particular business.

Stay Current

It is important that you do proper diligence and periodically check the pricing on necessary aspects of your business, such as shipping, transportation, replacement parts and more. These prices can fluctuate from year to year, even season to season, and you could be expelling more funds than necessary if you do not stay abreast of such changes.

Do Your Homework

Especially if you have international dealings, it is important that you do your homework. Make sure that you are aware of and in compliance with all regulations that are in place. Also, you want to research and prepare for possible new laws and regulations in the future.

Think Frugal

Part of being business savvy is making sure that you get the most out of the funds that are expelled for company use. There are small changes and alterations that can be made to processes to reduce costs and receive virtually the same results. One example is ground shipping versus air for shipments in and close to your businesses location.

Take the time to implement the aforementioned things and you can avoid many of the common mistakes that small businesses face.

 

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Why Multi-Channel Sourcing Is Essential

by Administrator26. August 2015 13:48

Why Multi-Channel Sourcing Is Essential | The Dependable Companies

 

As the economy continues to improve, more and more consumers are spending money at a higher rate. As a result, retailers have to find solutions to meet the increased demand for their products and services. In order to provide customers with a unified shopping and fulfillment experience, many are turning to multi-channel sourcing as part of their logistics plan. Within the logistics industry, many companies are finding that meeting these needs is moving the industry forward into the future of fulfillment.

Improved Service Levels

Without a multi-channel approach, many companies are finding that they cannot provide the level of service that their customers expect. A single-channel focus can seriously limit the customer service that is provided. Orders and returns can be very tricky when utilizing multi-channel sourcing, but it can also improve the speed and accuracy of the customer service experience. 

Integrated Solutions

When a company faces inconsistencies, there is the potential for lost clientele. Within the logistics industry, a multi-channel focus can provide solutions that are unified and cost-effective. Instead of utilizing only one method of logistics, the companies that put a wide range of channels to work are better able to oversee the entire production from start to finish, beginning and ending with the customer.

Improved Efficiency

In today's world, results need to be quick. Multi-channel sourcing is important in giving businesses the opportunity to fulfill customer needs with better efficiency. Relying on only one source can lead to a slow turn around and unhappy clients, but a logical system that uses a range of fulfillment sources can manage orders in a more effective way. Often, real-time logistical tracking provides up-to-date information for both the customer and management. 

The logistics industry is constantly changing, and business need to be able to keep up. By implementing multi-channel options, they can find the services that work for their unique needs. Working in tandem with quality logistics companies is one of the best ways to improve overall success and customer satisfaction.

 

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Why Does Complexity in the Logistics Industry Play an Important Role?

by Administrator20. August 2015 13:51

Why Does Complexity in the Logistics Industry Play an Important Role? | The Dependable Companies

 

When most people think of the logistics industry they think of getting a product from one point to another. However, as people in the industry know, the process is a little more complex than that. You might think that simple is good, but in the case of the logistics industry complexity can be a good thing. In order to understand the importance of complexity, you first have to understand what it means to the industry, the role complexity plays and how it helps.

What Complexity Means in the Logistics Industry

In the logistics world, complexity is a good thing. It refers to the intricacies of the supply chain. In other words getting materials to business and then shipping out products to customers. Even more specifically, complexity refers to doing all of that in a supply chain that is becoming more and more globalized. It is easy to see the minute details that make this process quite complex.

What Role Complexity Plays in the Logistics Industry

The intricacies of the supply chain is where complexity comes into play. If you know what you are doing, you can make deliveries successfully. However, these steps can cause problems for companies unversed in the logistics of supply chains. The steps involved include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Keeping products in warehouses for indefinite amounts of time.
  • Trucking materials, products or goods to ports.
  • Shipping materials, products or goods via land, air or sea.
  • Being knowledgeable about tariffs and fees involved with the shipping process.

Since this process can be so challenging for people who are not knowledgeable about it, companies that can do it well are at an advantage.

How Complexity Helps the Logistics Industry

If a company is skilled at handling the complexities involved with supply chain management, they have many helpful tools to use in the industry. They can:

  • Transport goods with expertise.
  • Know which suppliers to work with.
  • Have a large distribution center network.
  • Be knowledgeable about national and international shipping laws.

Complexity helps set the good apart from the great.

How to Get Complexity on Your Side

If you find yourself struggling with the complexity of logistics, you do not have to fret. There are established logistical agencies that can help you. Hire an outside supply manager, or learn more about complexity today.

 

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How Can You Attain Professional Supply Chain Management Services?

by Administrator20. August 2015 13:47

How Can You Attain Professional Supply Chain Management Services? | The Dependable Companies

 

Supply chain management (SCM) is how a business manages their flow of goods and services. It can include the movement of raw materials, materials that are in the processes of being made or finished goods. SCM manages goods or materials from the point of origin to the point of consumption. Managing this huge process may seem like a daunting task, but you do not have to be overwhelmed. You can attain a professional level of SCM by hiring a third party provider.

Why Use a Third Party Provider?

Using a third party logistics provider offers your business many benefits. If you tried doing it on your own, there would be a gap in your efficiency as you tried to learn all of the technologies. However, by hiring a third party you do not have to start from scratch. The company you hire will already know how to use and efficiently run all of the technologies needed.

Not only will they know how to use the logistics technology, but they will also know best practices for your supply chain. They will already know a lot of good practices, and they can help you figure out what is best for your company. There will still potentially be some trial and error, but it will not take as long because they are already professionals.

How to Find a Third Party Provider?

Once you realize that you want to have professional SCM, and that means you have to hire a third party provider, you will be wondering how you can find a trustworthy company. It is not that hard of a process. All you have to do is a little bit of research. You want to find a company that provides results and pleases their customers. When you find that you will find a company that will help you please your customers, and that is really your end goal.

Do not feel like you have to perform your own SCM. This can take years to perfect. Instead, hire a third party company who will be able to provide a level of professionalism that you would lack on your own. Do not wait to find your third party provider. Start doing your research today.

 

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How Lean Logistics Can Help Your Business

by Administrator14. August 2015 16:04

How Lean Logistics Can Help Your Business | The Dependable Companies

 

Lean logistics is a method used to improve the value stream to the customer by continuously eliminating waste both internally and externally. In other words, by recognizing and eliminating wasteful activities your business can increase product flow and speed. That means that there are a lot of benefits for implementing lean logistics in your business.

Benefits for Your Business

In order to fully understand just how helpful lean logistics can be for your business, you should take a look at all of the benefits that can come from it:

  • Reduced Inventory Risk: In a normal logistics principle, a supplier may have large stores of products or materials. However, using a lean principle you do not make the product or supply the material until there is a demand. This means that everything you make will be used by customers because it has been requested.
  • Eliminating Waste: In a similar strain, your business can reduce its waste by becoming leaner. Waste can include waste of time, materials or efforts.
  • Reduced Cost and Greater Profits: Because you eliminate all of these risks or wastes you end up spending less. When you spend less you free up more capital for other investments which helps lead to greater profits.
  • Better Service, Efficiency and Performance: By reducing the waste of your supply chain and becoming more attune to the demands of you clients, you create better service for your customers. Better service and less waste means that your business is more efficient and performs at a higher level than it did before.
  • Leads to Success: This all means that your business will become more successful. You waste less, serve the customer better and make a greater profit.

The benefits of lean logistics really speak for themselves.

See Benefits by Implementing Principles

In order to see these benefits, you have to implement these principles in your business. If you need help doing this, there are many third party providers who can help you make your business a well-oiled machine through lean logistics and other logistics strategies. Do not wait to make your business better. Call a third party provider today.

 

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Challenges of Implementing a Sustainable Supply Chain

by Administrator14. August 2015 15:52

Challenges of Implementing a Sustainable Supply Chain | The Dependable Companies

 

Supply chain sustainability is all about making a business’s logistics network more environmentally friendly, while reducing the risk and waste costs. This helps businesses reduce their carbon footprint which is becoming more and more necessary. While having a sustainable supply chain is a good thing, it is not an easy endeavor. There are many challenges associated with implementing a sustainable supply chain. In order to fully understand the challenges you also have to understand how to implement a sustainable supply chain.

Implementation of a Sustainable Supply Chain

The implementation of supply chain sustainability is a difficult task. You first have to evaluate your business in order to better understand where improvement is possible. You want to measure your business’s energy use, material recovery, water usage, transportation, processes, packaging, social responsibility and material recovery, so you can really get a good idea of how you can make your supply chain more sustainable. This is not always a cheap or quick task, and that is where some of the challenges lie.

Challenges that Arise

Because implementation is a process that can take a while and can be a big investment, you want to know that it will impact your business positively quickly. However, one of the challenges is that consumers say sustainability is important to them, but there is not always evidence that it affects their buying habits. That means that you will not necessarily get new business simply because you have a sustainable supply chain.

It can also be difficult for suppliers to achieve a sustainable supply chain because they main not have complete end-to-end visibility. This means that you can make one part sustainable, but you have no control over the entire process.

Important to Still Put in an Effort

Even though there are challenges associated with implementing a supply chain that is sustainable, it is still important to do. A company can drastically lower their carbon footprint by engaging in this activity. That can have a big impact on the environment. Do not let the challenges of implementing a sustainable supply chain daunt you. Talk to an expert today to figure out how you can reduce your company’s carbon footprint.


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3 Benefits of Logistics for a Small Business

by Administrator10. August 2015 15:23

3 Benefits of Logistics for a Small Business | The Dependable Companies

 

Worrying about logistics may seem like a big business’s problem. However, good logistics can help a small business too. Here are three ways that logistics can benefit your small business:

Increased Customer Service

One of the most important parts of your small business is the customer. With logistics you are able to provide better customer service. This is because you know where your goods are and when they will get there. Using logistics helps companies get a better idea of the best ways to ship their goods. This helps you always get the product to the customer in the condition you sent it in the time allotted.

Automation

Not only can you proved better customer service, but you will also have time to do other things. Through logistics you can automate many administrative tasks like billing and accounting. When these tasks are automated you can focus on other things that will continue to help improve your small business.

Elimination

Another benefit of logistics for a small business is the elimination of waste and errors and therefore the increase of efficiency. Even though your business is small, you still want it to run like a well-oiled machine. When you start using logistics you will notice this happen. First, it helps you know the best way to package your goods so they do not get broken in shipment. It also helps you know the best way to ship so you stop having late shipments.

There are many benefits that come from using logistics. You may be a small business now, but one day you may be bigger. It is good to start using logistics when you are small because it will help you grow. As you increase your efficiency you will get more customer loyalty. Do not let anyone tell you that logistics is only for the big business. Consider using logistics for you small business and start seeing the benefits today.

 

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Why Complexity in the Logistics Industry Is Important

by Administrator5. August 2015 11:07

Why Complexity in the Logistics Industry Is Important | The Dependable Companies

 

When most people think of the logistics industry they think of getting a product from one point to another. However, as people in the industry know, the process is a little more complex than that. You might think that simple is good, but in the case of the logistics industry complexity can be a good thing. In order to understand the importance of complexity, you first have to understand what it means to the industry, the role complexity plays and how it helps.

What Complexity Means in the Logistics Industry

In the logistics world, complexity is a good thing. It refers to the intricacies of the supply chain. In other words getting materials to business and then shipping out products to customers. Even more specifically, complexity refers to doing all of that in a supply chain that is becoming more and more globalized. It is easy to see the minute details that make this process quite complex.

What Role Complexity Plays in the Logistics Industry

The intricacies of the supply chain is where complexity comes into play. If you know what you are doing, you can make deliveries successfully. However, these steps can cause problems for companies unversed in the logistics of supply chains. The steps involved include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Keeping products in warehouses for indefinite amounts of time.
  • Trucking materials, products or goods to ports.
  • Shipping materials, products or goods via land, air or sea.
  • Being knowledgeable about tariffs and fees involved with the shipping process.

Since this process can be so challenging for people who are not knowledgeable about it, companies that can do it well are at an advantage.

How Complexity Helps the Logistics Industry

If a company is skilled at handling the complexities involved with supply chain management, they have many helpful tools to use in the industry. They can:

  • Transport goods with expertise.
  • Know which suppliers to work with.
  • Have a large distribution center network.
  • Be knowledgeable about national and international shipping laws.

Complexity helps set the good apart from the great.

How to Get Complexity on Your Side

If you find yourself struggling with the complexity of logistics, you do not have to fret. There are established logistical agencies that can help you. Hire an outside supply manager, or learn more about complexity today.

 

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The Importance of End-to-End Visibility in the Logistics Industry

by Administrator30. July 2015 11:24

The Importance of End-to-End Visibility in the Logistics Industry | The Dependable Companies

 

If your business has an online component and you have to ship products, you are a part of the logistics industry. Chances are you hire a logistics company to ship your goods and products to your customer. It is important for logistics companies to have the ability to see a supply chain from end-to-end. This is called end-to-end visibility. In order to fully understand why this visibility is so important, you first have to look at what it is, what its role is in the industry and then finally understand how it helps.

End-to-End Visibility: The Definition

End-to-end visibility in the logistics industry is the ability to see a supply chain from end-to-end in real time. What does that mean?

  • You know where a product is picked up from.
  • You know when it is picked up.
  • The route it takes.
  • The destination it arrives at.
  • When it arrives at its destination.
  • You know all of this information as it is happening.
  • You also know all of the information at once.

Simply put, end-to-end visibility allows you to see all of the steps in a supply chain, and to see them as they are happening.

End-to-End Visibility: The Role

The role of end-to-end visibility is to allow you to see everything that is happening, both in house and by vendors. It allows a business to monitor the efficiency of its business practices. End-to-end visibility also has the role of allowing a company to analyze data and predict problems before they happen.

End-to-End Visibility: The Benefits

The benefits of end-to-end visibility are fairly straightforward. Businesses with end-to-end visibility can:

  • Avoid issues before they happen.
  • Speed up processes by avoiding inefficiencies.
  • Make adjustments in real time.
  • Enhance logistical cohesiveness because all parties can see the big picture.
  • Expedite processes which leads to increases in sales.
  • Save time and money because of the efficiency.

End-to-end visibility helps a business run a little more smoothly.

How to Achieve End-to-End Visibility

Not all business are capable of achieving this perfectly effective end-to-end visibility. That is when it is a good time to hire an outside logistical agency. They can help ensure that your business gets all of the benefits possible from end-to-end visibility. Consider implementing this process or hiring someone who can today.

 

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